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Five Reasons to Drink Coffee

Five Reasons to Drink Coffee
Views on coffee are mixed – some say don’t, some say do – but according to Dr. Sanjiv Chopra, coffee is a do – as a matter of fact, he reckons it’s one of the healthiest drinks you can consume. So here are 5 good reasons to drink coffee:

1 Coffee Slows Down the Effects of Ageing

Research undertaken at Stanford University, discovered an inflammatory mechanism in older people that acted as a driver of cardiovascular disease and other noncommunicable diseases.  The team also found that the inflammation levels were lower in people who consumed caffeine, so your daily espresso could be protecting you from certain ailments in later years.

2 People Who drink Coffee Live Longer

Which makes sense given the findings in reason number 1. A review of studies conducted over nearly 50 years and involving nearly one million participants concluded that those who backed as many as 4 cups of coffee a day lowered their mortality by 16 percent!

3 Coffee Can Lower the Risk of Diabetes

In a review of nine studies on coffee and type 2 diabetes, it was found that those who said that drank six or seven cups of coffee a day were 35% less likely to have type 2 diabetes than people who drank less than two cups a day. Experts think it has more to do with the antioxidants and minerals than the caffeine, meaning that your decaf cuppas could be offering the same benefits.

4 Social responsibility

Choose your source well and you could be contributing to any number of socially and ethically responsible causes. According to Fairtrade,  ‘certified coffee producer organisations are guaranteed to receive at least the Fairtrade Minimum Price for their coffee, which aims to cover their costs of production and act as a safety net when market prices fall below a sustainable level’. Because of Fairtrade, farmers in countries like Tanzania, Nicaragua, Paua New Guinea, Colombia and others receive a fair price for their coffee.

5 The smell

Admittedly if you are not a fan this reason may not sway but if you are you’ll know about how the aroma of a full bodies coffee gives you a gentle jolt. Science also backs this up, and early studies indicate that the mere whiff of coffee can reduce the effects of sleep deprivation.

So there you have it, five perfectly valid reasons for indulging in one of life’s small pleasures!

 

Sources

Why This Is The Healthiest Beverage You Can Drink: A Harvard MD Explains, http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-24980/why-this-is-the-healthiest-beverage-you-can-drink-a-harvard-md-explains.html

Coffee Slows Down the Effects of Ageing, http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/35099/20170118/coffee-slows-down-effects-aging.htm

Coffee and Your Health, http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/coffee-new-health-food#1

Fairtrade Foundation, About Coffee, http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/farmers-and-workers/coffee/about-coffee

Coffee’s Aroma Enough to Stir Brain?, http://www.webmd.com/brain/news/20080613/coffees-aroma-stirs-the-brain

11 Amazing Benefits of Coffee (#7 Will Surprise You), https://www.healthambition.com/benefits-of-coffee/

TWIST Drink Vanilla Creme

In short

An interesting marriage of coffee and protein.

Review

‘TWIST is a delicious blend of real Colombian coffee and whey protein isolate powder in a convenient bottle’.

The TWIST Drink appears to be created for those times when you kinda fancy a coffee and you kinda fancy a protein shake, but realistically we think it’s for those times when you need to top up your protein intake and don’t have the time, or aren’t in the environment to eat.

TWIST Drinks on the go

Whilst we love the concept and the detail of this product, we did struggle to understand exactly who this product is for. With 17g of protein and 73mg of caffeine per bottle it isn’t really a perfect match for the coffee connoisseur or the athlete. However, its nutritional profile does make it ideal as a stop gap product if your protein intake could use a boost.

The bottle size and easy mixing make it a great product for a desk drawer, bag or anywhere else BBusy Bodies stash their snacks. The TWIST drink ended up being a real life saver on days when there were back to back meetings.

Photo 23-06-2014 10 42 35One of the best features of the TWIST drink is the filter in the neck of the bottle, so that when you shake it up, you end up with a smooth drink. One tip: the colder the water, the nicer the drink!

The product is currently only available online but their Twitter feed suggests that they will be available in more retailers soon.

We quite liked the taste bit to ensure we weren’t biased we got the opinion of three testers. Here is what they thought of the Vanilla Crème Espresso drink:

Tester 1: It was good, but I wouldn’t necessarily buy it as it’s not a ‘special’ coffee

Tester 2: ‘I liked it! It tasted good and the bottle was well thought out. It’s like a healthy alternative to the high street iced latte’

Tester 3: ‘The sweetness of it stood out for me. I didn’t really get the coffee flavour that I wanted and it doesn’t contain huge amounts of caffeine or protein, but I’d reach for this over a protein bar if I needed a quick protein boost.’

If you like to the idea of your coffee with a twist or your protein shake with a twist, then is worth checking out. If however, you prefer keeping your coffee and your protein shake separate, you may want to give this a miss.

What we tried:

Vanilla crème espresso

What we liked

The bottle design ensures that your drink is always smooth

The size of the bottle makes it super easy to keep nearby

What we would do differently

Find a way to get the coffee flavor through

Suitable for

Calorie Counters

Carb Conscious

Gluten Aware

Value for money

There is currently an offer on their Espresso Protein Drink –  £11.94 for 6 but they are usually priced at £14.94 for a box of 6 which works out to £2.49 per bottle.

Find out more

http://www.twistdrinks.co.uk/

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